1. Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s car licence plate was the same as Armistace Day
In a strange set of circumstances the licence plate that Ferdinand was assassinated in (an event which triggered the war) read the same as the date that the fighting ceased – it was A 111 118.
2. The youngest British soldier to serve was just twelve years old
Sidney Lewis was just 12 when he lied about his age and signed up even though he was seven years junior the minimum age to fight overseas at the time.
3. An explosion on the battlefield could be heard from London and Dublin
Miners tunnelled 100ft beneath German front lines at Messines Ridge in Belguim to detonate 900,000lbs of explosives. This achievement ultimately decided the conflict.
4. World War 1 sparked the invention of Plastic Surgery
Surgeon Harold Gillies pioneered early techniques of facial reconstruction after being horrified by the amount of facial shrapnel injuries to surviving soldiers.
5. More than 100,000 homing pigeons were used during the conflict
The most famous of which was called Cher Ami who delivered a message to save 200 U.S. troops cut off behind enemy lines. She was shot twice losing an eye and a leg for her troubles. Doctors fought to save her life and she was awarded the Croix De Guerre for bravery as well as a new wooden leg.
6. Soldiers first started using metal helmets in 1915
British soldiers protected their heads from shellfire with cloth caps in the early years of the war before the Brodie helmet was introduced.
7. Trench slang introduced new words to the English language
Slang words like bumf and blotto were first used in the trenches and a ‘Trench Butterflies’ were known as bits of toilet paper floating along the battlefield.
8. Britons were banned from throwing rice at weddings
Due to the amount of merchant ships that were sunk by German U-Boats, food was solely to be used for eating.
9. A urinated handkerchief was used against gas attacks
The gas mask wasn’t commonplace until 1918. The Germans first used poisonous gas in January 1915 so soldiers improvised for the first three years with a handkerchief or old sock soaked in their own urine.
10. World War 1 saw the most advances in military technology out of any conflict
The four years of war drastically changed the platform that future wars were fought upon including technology, tactics, code-breakers and subterfuge. In 1914 horses charging enemy positions armed with swords weren’t much use against machine guns but by 1918 tanks were used, mobile machine guns and grenade-launchers supported by aerial power and indirect shellfire. WW1 was also the first war that artists used camouflage to protect positions, dazzle and act as decoys.
11. Heroin was used as a cough medicine
That was until it was noted to be a highly addictive drug.
12. Dogs carried messengers in capsules around their neck
As well as laying telegraph wires in No man’s land, Terriers were used to kill rats in the trenches.
13. The greatest single loss of life in British Military History was at the Battle of The Somme
60,000 British troops lost their lives in one day of the battle. The Somme cost Britain more lives than the total amount of losses that the US Army suffered during their participation.
14. WW1 wasn’t just fought on the Western Front
The Western Front included 25,000 miles of trenches but Germany and Austro-Hungary were engaged with the Russians in the East and Lawrence of Arabia made his name by pioneering early terrorist and sabotage activities with bands of Arabs against the Turks.
15. The Great War saw the demise of four empires
The Ottoman, German, Austro-Hungary and Russian empires all collapsed following the conflict.
16. The conflict nearly crippled the British Economy
In one day’s fighting in 1918 the British used £4million worth of bullets.
17.World War 1 helped the emancipation of women
Many women took over male positions of labour to help the war effort. In 1918 British women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote for the first time.
18. Henry Ford engineered the largest migration shift of the 20th Century
The migration of African American factory workers from the South to the North of U.S.A. resulted in the biggest population shift for a hundred years.
Stupid question but you said on the burping birds ask that birds exploding from rice was a myth, does that mean throwing rice at weddings Is okay?
It’s not a stupid question at all. This myth is so pervasive that congressional bills have been attempted in its defense.
To put it simply though, the myth has absolutely no scientific backing.
Steven Sibley. The same Sibley whose name is attached to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and bird guides in all the book stores across the nation had this to say about the myth in 1988 when a columnist reported the myth as fact.
There is absolutely no truth to the belief that rice (even instant) can kill birds. This rumor received publicity because of a bill introduced into the Connecticut legislature in 1985 by Mae Schmidle.
This wild story resulted in frightening thousands of brides into putting birdseed in little tulle and chiffon bags so the guests wouldn’t throw rice and “kill the birds.”
Rice is no threat to birds. It must be boiled before it will expand. Furthermore, all the food that birds swallow is ground up by powerful muscles and grit in their gizzards. Many birds love rice, as any frustrated rice farmer will tell you.
I hope you will print this information in your column and put an end to this myth. In the meantime, keep throwing rice, folks. Tradition will be served and the birds will eat well and be healthy.
Steven C. Sibley, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y.
once my sims had a wedding. and this old man showed up, because they were at the park. and people go to the park. it’s a thing that happens. but this old man, this poor poor sweet old man, he threw rice, as congratulations at the end. he was so happy, he was cheering and throwing rice. the wedding finished. he was still throwing rice. days later, i went back to the park. there he was, stuck in his infinite hell of joyful rice throwing. doomed to repeat the same rice throwing actions over and over for all his life. i tried the resetsim cheat, put the poor guy out of his misery. it didn’t work. this poor, innocent old man, stuck forever in a never ending gesture of congratulations for the happy couple.
The beautiful Pointilleux cousins Celeste and Cosmique.
While Cosmique Pointilleux is pleased to announce her engagement to Iefan Rice, a Beater on the Welsh national Quidditch team, Celeste remains the heir of the Pointilleux family and will likely soon take over managing the family’s business investments (largely in potions) from her mother.
The Pointilleux family is distantly related to the Malfoy family of Britain–Abraxas Malfoy’s aunt, Paetina Malfoy, married into the Pointilleux family, making Celeste and Cosmique Draco Malfoy’s third cousins. As the Pointilleux-Rice wedding is expected to be the greatest event in the European pureblood circuit this year, it is almost certain that the Malfoys will attend the wedding in October.
Honestly, I haven’t any clue why y’all put up with my blog and my snarky ‘Life In Chikago posts’ but I appreciate it more than any of you know. To celebrate reaching 300 followers, I want to do another giveaway.
Sets of furniture: sloppy set, princess set, ice set, pave set, regal set, rococo set
where yeah, he promised that “of course i won’t cry, love. i’m a man.” but he’s standing there sniffling at the alter. where you make him laugh as he stands in front of everyone, and he hears titters of amusement behind his back while he clutches your hands and kisses you cheek gently. where his kisses taste of sweet champagne, and his tux gets progressively less-buttoned with every round of shots he orders for the boys. where he can’t stop twirling your fingers in his, and he presses the cool curve of his nose to the underside of your jaw, murmuring a simple, “mrs. styles” and where at the end of it all, he’s tipsy and giggling, spewing out random wedding facts such as “you really shouldn’t throw rice at weddings love, pigeons can’t digest it”
We both hit our goals of 300 / 400 followers and now we want to hold a big awesome giveaway for all you lovely people!
Rules : ✿ You don’t have to be following us but it would be nice! galifreycrossing & roseview-crossing ;) ✿ Reblogs & Likes count as two entries. Reblog responsibly. ✿ Asks must be open to notify winner ✿ 24 hours to respond or new winner will be picked! ✿ Be willing to produce FC & come to one of our towns to pick up winnings!
10 million bells (in crowns) Sloppy set Princess set Mermaid set Sweets set Rococo set
Chocolate Cake Pumpkin Pie Rice Cake Wedding Cake Chocolate Cake Box of Chocolate Cornucopia Pile of Leaves Blue Balloon Pink Balloon Red Balloon Pink Heart Balloon Pink Bunny Balloon Pink Pinwheel Sparkler Tweeter Bubble Wand Throwing Beans Lemon Double Scoop Mint Double Scoop Hair-bow Wig
1st place : ~First choice of TWO sets listed above ~5 million bells(in crowns) ~Golden Tool set ~Toy hammer ~Kimbap plate ~ Afternoon-tea set ~Choice of 10 of the above extras!
2nd place : ~Choice of ONE of the last three sets! ~3 million bells (in crowns) ~Golden Tool set ~Toy Hammer ~ Afternoon-tea set ~Choice of 6 of the rest of the above extras!
3rd place : ~Choice of ONE of the last two sets! ~2 million bells (in crowns) ~Golden Tool set ~Toy Hammer ~The rest of the above items!
Bonus : If we get over 400 notes we will add in another winner!
Giveaway ends July 22, 2014 two weeks from today! Good luck (✿◠‿◠)